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Elon Musk to offer free Boring tunnel rides

Elon Musk to offer free Boring tunnel rides

Elon Musk has given the first glimpse of his underground Los Angeles tunnel, and said free rides will start in just a few months.

The Boring Company is "almost done" constructing its first demonstration tunnel in Los Angeles, as highlighted in a brief time-lapse video.

Musk needs to get the final regulatory approvals before offering rides to the public. Elon Musk posted footage of a prototype vehicle tunnel bored underneath Los Angeles, and said it will be available for ordinary people to use in a matter of months.

The video below shows the current state of the first Boring tunnel. Musk promises that the system will prioritize pedestrians and cyclists and cost less than a bus ticket.

Here, public shuttles, which are are created to be transported through the tunnels on electric sleds, would enter or exit the tunnel via a lift system.

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The Boring Company has been working for well more than a year on a tunnel that has its entrance in what was once a parking lot next to SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif.

He has also tweeted about a vision for a tunnel that would stretch along the Interstate 405 corridor from LAX to U.S. Highway 101 in the San Fernando Valley, a span of about 17 miles. Musk posted ideas about the tunnel in December of 2016, tweeting "Traffic is driving me nuts" and that he was going to "build a tunnel".

U.S. cities have largely halted the building of new tunnels and subways due to high costs that can exceed $1 billion per mile.

Musk also thanked everyone who supported him throughout the project including the public, elected officials and regulators. "Super huge thanks to everyone that helped with this project".

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